What does a Senior Technical Program Manager do?

Technical program managers are responsible for a company’s technical projects of all types and stay involved for each stage of development, from idea to design to their completion. They develop new products and features to create new revenue sources and increase company profits. They may lead hardware and software design teams implementing new programs that will create products, applications, and additional projects that benefit the company.

Technical program managers ensure projects remain on schedule and within the allotted budget, which could mean cutting costs as needed and delegating more staff to work on a program or perform other tasks to maintain the project parameters. Working with management executives, they regularly inspect and report the program's progress. They are responsible for tracking technical issues and finding solutions for problems that may arise. They review test code and designs frequently to ensure a program meets its goals. Technical program managers need a bachelor's degree in management, business administration, computer science, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Senior Technical Program Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$156,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$142K
Median: $156K
$170K
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Senior Technical Program Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior Technical Program Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Senior Technical Program Manager Insights

Read what Senior Technical Program Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
QuaeroQuaero
Technical Program Manager
5 Sep 2019

“Quaero provides ample opportunity to learn and build your skill set that align with your career goals.”

AyehuAyehu
Technical Program Manager
9 Jun 2021

“There are many great people to work with which you can turn to learn and always make forward progress.”

AmazonAmazon
Senior Technical Program Manager
20 Mar 2020

“Career progression is difficult and depends on others opinions and not on the actual impact.”

DropboxDropbox
Technical Program Manager
11 Jan 2020

“My work was regularly sabotaged even though boss knew it was the best thing for the company.”

BoxBox
Senior Technical Program Manager
1 Apr 2020

“I really enjoy the people here and I look forward to coming to work every day.”

AmazonAmazon
Technical Program Manager II
22 Oct 2020

“Independence: My managers thus far have generally given me the freedom to truly own and drive my projects.”

TeslaTesla
PMO Manager
8 Nov 2021

“Great awesome Epic Fantastic Fanulous”

Westpac GroupWestpac Group
PMO Manager
14 Oct 2020

“Goof for career progression and supportive in skill development”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior technical program manager

When working as a senior technical program manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Highly Organized, Prioritization, PMP, Agile and Value Proposition.

The most similar professions to senior technical program manager are:
  • Program Manager
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Information Technology Manager

The most common qualifications to become a senior technical program manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.